The Panoz Roadster Is What Happens When A Mustang Grows Up To Be A Sports Car

Not many people, even among automotive enthusiasts, are familiar with Panoz automobiles. Dan Panoz founded Panoz Auto Development in 1989 and his father began racing the cars in 1997 to promote the cars and expand the brand. Panoz built on its early successes and by 2006 had garnered class victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, Panoz designs and manufactures exclusive sports cars that have true motorsports heritage.

This 1992 Panoz Roadster is one of only 44 first generation cars produced through 1995 and is likely to appreciate as well as be appreciated. Powered by Ford’s ubiquitous 5.0L fuel injected V8, this 2315 lb. road rocket beautifully demonstrates the joys of a lightweight roadster. Additional features include aluminum body panels, a stainless steel (!) chassis, SLA front suspension with coilovers, 4-link rear suspension with coilovers, 5-speed manual transmission, power steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, full instrumentation, and a removable hardtop.

Aimed squarely at the serious enthusiast/collector, this is probably not the car for an extended road trip, but this gem will absolutely devour a winding road and leave much more exotic machines far behind.

Dan Panoz describes his strategy as RVP; for Reliability, Value, and Performance, and this early Roadster beautifully demonstrates these qualities. One more rare roadster from the team that makes dreams a reality.

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